See ya, Barry: Barry Bonds' next appearance at a ballgame will be Thursday night at AT&T Park, where the Giants will face a Mariners split-squad.Bonds, shortstop Omar Vizquel and second baseman Ray Durham were among a handful of veterans who received permission to leave Arizona after Tuesday's game, one day before the bulk of the team, since they were scheduled to receive Wednesday off anyway. Filling the designated-hitter role, Bonds went 1-for-2 with a third-inning leadoff double. He's batting .297 (11-for-37) with five home runs and 10 RBIs. This was an unusually active spring for Bonds, who's approaching the start of his 22nd Major League season. He traveled twice to Surprise, Ariz., about 35 miles from the Giants' Scottsdale base, and went to Peoria twice. Aurilia mending: Emphasizing that it's "not set in stone," infielder Rich Aurilia said that he hopes to resume playing on Thursday. Aurilia, the Giants' primary first baseman, has begun taking batting practice and fielding ground balls to test his strained groin. He said that although the cooler Bay Area weather wouldn't harm him, he'll be wary of wet grounds that could cause him to slip and aggravate his injury. Looking ahead: Pitching matchups for the season-opening series against San Diego are set, with the Padres having announced their starting rotation. Barry Zito will oppose San Diego's Jake Peavy in the opener at AT&T Park next Tuesday. Peavy defeated the Giants in last year's season opener at San Diego, allowing one run and four hits in seven innings to best Jason Schmidt, 6-1. A Matt Cain-Chris Young confrontation will follow on Wednesday night. Morris will oppose San Diego's Clay Hensley in Thursday night's series finale. The Giants won't face Greg Maddux, who owns a 26-14 career record against them, including 2-0 last season. San Diego is saving Maddux for its home opener on Friday against Colorado. Coming up: The Giants end the Cactus League portion of their exhibition schedule on Wednesday with a contest in Scottsdale against the Brewers. It'll give the Giants one final chance to pad their impressive home attendance figures. Entering Tuesday, they led the Major Leagues with a 10,779 per-game average. Left-hander Noah Lowry will start for the Giants against Milwaukee right-hander Ben Sheets.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.